As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

The Beneath

by Harper Jewel

The Beneath - Harper Jewel
ISBN: 9781005521967
Pages: 66

Fenris Svensen
Ever since childhood, embarrassing blunder after awkward goof up was the way of life for me. But on a hot, humid summer day in 2017, one of my faux pas led me to the man of my dreams.
To celebrate our fourth anniversary as a committed couple, I took my Swarthy Prince camping to the place where we had our first date.
A freak storm ruins my plans, and we must cut our getaway short. Avoiding the huge mud puddles and navigating the slippery ground in our SUV made fleeing the campsite difficult. A sudden lightning strike blinds us, and a swirling vortex sucks us down into the ground.

Jaxon Balfour
Having countless nicknames dumped on me throughout my life because of my scrawny build and my interracial parents molded me into a very sensitive individual. My former boyfriends left me with the “it’s not you, it’s me” cliché.
The day Fenris Svensen spilled a smoothie on my shirt, I knew he was the perfect man for me. His apology and embarrassment couldn’t have been more adorable. Four short months after our meeting, my gorgeous Norseman and I shared a home. Now we’re preparing to celebrate our fourth anniversary together.

I loved the creative ways my lover’s mind worked, and our fourth anniversary was no different. But when our romantic getaway became more of a nightmare, we had to put our love to the ultimate test.
When we woke from our hazardous ordeal, we found ourselves in a lavish hotel suite Fen didn’t recall booking. What’s more, I was topping Fen; something I never did before with much proficiency.

Questions arise in our minds when several oddities — the excessive pink color scheme, our peculiar host, the lack of other guests — appear.
By pure chance, Fen and I discover the truth of our surroundings and instead of enjoying our camping trip and our love, we’re stuck seeking ways to outwit an alien race set on conquering Earth.
Unsure if we’ll survive to celebrate our fifth anniversary, I pray victory will be on our side and none of Fen’s endearing fumbles occur to make a mess of things. Can we escape this horrendous hell, or will we perish in our brave attempt?

WARNING: This book contains thoughts of suicide, which may trigger some readers.


“Nice to meet you, Jaxon Balfour. Sorry I dirtied your shirt. I’m Fenris Svensen, but you can call me Fen. The Carrot Top is my creation and my proudest achievement. How about you? Do you live or work nearby… or both?”

“I do. I mean live.” He shook his head. “Let me start over, please. I tend to get tongue-tied when I’m flustered. I live right around the corner on Magnolia Street. But I work in Rivervale. At present, I’m using my degree in software development to create a video-conferencing software package for corporate offices or home offices. I hope Convo will be the hot news topic replacing the other companies already out there. It’s my dream to open Balfour Communications in the very near future.”

I nodded. “If you’re spearheading the program, I’m sure it’ll be on everyone’s lips in no time.”


And once the country came to a screeching halt due to one nasty virus, Convo soared to the top of the popularity charts when folks started working from home.

“Thank you. If you don’t mind me asking, what nationality is Fenris?”

“It’s Norwegian. My grandparents emigrated from Norway.”

“How interesting.” His smile sank into my body and sent several zaps to my dick. I yearned to ask for his number, but I wasn’t sure he’d appreciate being hit on. For whatever reason, my confidence failed me and left me unsure. During our continued chat, we discovered we had much in common: our parents were deceased; we graduated from rival high schools the same year—Fieldtown South for me and Fieldtown North for him; we both loved hiking; and he was hooked on my strawberry/pear smoothie, my second favorite after the mango/grapefruit.


About the Author

Harper Jewel, a loyal LGBTQ+ ally and proud Mama Bear to her twenty-four-year-old daughter, lives in northeast New Jersey with her loving husband. She has four cats, enjoys writing, reading, playing time-management games on her tablet, and watching Hulu or Netflix.

With her outgoing personality and vivid imagination, she can create believable and memorable plots and characters.

Although she began writing male/female Romance/erotica, she has found her niche in Gay Romance. She enjoys every one of her male characters when they speak to her with loud voices while proving love is love. She is proud to have the honor of being the first M/M author accepted at the now-closed Lush Publishing.

Visit to find out more.